The creation of the gardens began when Cosimo I of the Medici family and his wife Eleonora of Toledo purchased the land to build their new palace. The architects who worked on the project were Giorgio Vasari (1554-1561), Bartolomeo Ammannati and Bernardo Buontalenti. But even in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Medici's and then the Lorena's enriched the gardens, which besides having beautiful pathways and woods, is also a real open air museum of sculpture. The first phases of work reveal an ampfitheater decorated with antique sculptures, the Fountain of the Ocean sculpted by Giambologna, the little Grotta di Madama and the Grotta Grande, jewel of architectural and culture mannerisms, with internal and external stalactite decoration, even more animated with its play on water.
Other important things to see in the Boboli Gardens is the so called "del Forcone" or "Vivaio di Nettuno" fountain and the large statue of "Abbondanza" on the summit of the hill, initially begun by Giambologna to portray Giovanna d'Austria, wife of Francesco I, but finished in 1637 as an allegorical figure.
After the Prato dell'Uccellare or Bird Catching Lawn, going down towards Porta Romana, you will find the Viottolone or Large Path, long path lined with cypresses and statues leading up to the square of Isolotto, where in the center you can see the large fountain of Ocean by Giambologna surrounded by another 3 sculptures depicting the Nile, Ganges and Euphrates rivers. The Coffeehouse, Lemon house, and Palazzina of the Meridiana were all done in the 1700's during the Lorraine époque.
In 1789, in the center of the Amphitheater, an Egyptian obelisk, originally from Luxor, was erected.
Piazza Indipendenza, 7
Zone: San lorenzo
The Hotel Castri has 70 spacious rooms with private bath, TV SAT color, telephone and are all air conditioned. The rooms overlook in part on Piazza Indipendenza and Via Nazionale and partly in the private garden
Via Nazionale, 102/r
Zone:Santa Maria Novella - Duomo - Fortezza da Basso
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Via Calimaruzza, 3
Zone: Signoria Square
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Via della Scala, 49
Zone: Santa Maria Novella
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The Spring of the Renaissance in Florence
From 23 March 2012 to 18 August 2013 at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence exhibitoni of the spring of the Renaissance by Beatrice Paolozzi Strozzi and Marc Bormand.
Florence show on Donatello and Lippi
Show "Prato, echoes precious - Donatello, Lippi and masterpieces of the Sacred", scheduled at the Museum of the Opera del Duomo.
Museum of Mural Painting - Museum of the Opera del Duomo - Cathedral Square
Exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi on the Renaissance
The spring of the Renaissance. The sculpture and the arts in Florence 1400-1460
Palazzo Strozzi, 23 March-18 August 2013
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World Cycling Florence 2013
World Championships 2013 in Florence a path to the World Cycling Championships Lucca to Florence.
Luxury and elegance - Exhibition at Palazzo Pitti
The porcelain French court and the Ginori
On the occasion of forty years after the opening of the Porcelain Museum of Palazzo Pitti, Tuesday, March 19, 2013 opening of the exhibition 'Luxury and elegance - Porcelain French court and[...]
Paths of wonder - Exhibition at the Bargello Museum in Florence
Restored works of the Bargello
The National Museum of the Bargello proposed for the year 2013 an exhibition dedicated to some important restoration works of the Museum, recently concluded, that are the result of generous cooperation against the[...]
In the splendor of the Medici - Exhibition at the Museum of the Medici Chapels
Pope Leo X and Florence
The Medici Chapels Museum will celebrate the figure of Leo X, the first pope of the Medici family, in five hundred years since the election to the papacy. From the angle of Florence, the show will follow the life of John,[...]
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